Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New Federal GHG Reporting Rules Announced

Its only March and the new administration is already laying the groundwork to address climate change. EPA proposed a rule today that requires mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from large sources.

The rule would require that suppliers of fossil fuels or industrial greenhouse gases, manufacturers of vehicles and engines, and facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more per year of GHG emissions submit annual reports to EPA. The gases covered by the proposed rule are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and other fluorinated gases including nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) and hydrofluorinated ethers (HFE).

The preamble to the Rule, which hasn't yet been published in the Federal Register, is at: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/downloads/MRRPreamble.pdf

The press release, announcing the rule is at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/6424ac1caa800aab85257359003f5337/4bd0e6c514ec1075852575750053e7c0!OpenDocument


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